My Celebrate Color entry is a 1930s style deep teal clutch bag with front pleat detail and bow trim.
The deep teal is a "mystery fabric." There was no identifying manufacturer or designer mark on the selvage –and none on the bolt-- which was buried in a stack of $3.00 per yard fabrics at Fabric Expressions—a fabulous fabric shop in Concordia, Kansas. My best guess is that it is a wool and rayon blend. I bought it because I loved the color even though it didn't have a proper fabric "pedigree". The Deep Teal which is one of the Pantone Fall 2011 trendy colors.
The 100% cotton lining fabric has tiny triangles in purple, deep teal, black,and tan. It was a fat quarter from my stash that I'd been hoarding, waiting for the right project. Sadly, the selvage had been removed, and I do not know the designer or manufacturer. The small-scale geometric print is a contrast to the softer, feminine lines of the outer bag, but the deep teal color allows the two fabrics to play well together.
The flap has a magnetic snap closure. Lightweight fusible interfacing was used inside the flap and bow. I used fusible fleece between the bag and lining to add body and subtle shaping. I left the pleated area "unfused" so the pleats would drape more naturally.
The vintage inspired clutch bag was made using the "High Tea" Clutch pattern designed by Emma Brennan for Charlie's Aunt: www.charliesaunt.com.
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LeAnn aka pasqueflower